Retaining players that have been a part of a club system is something all clubs aim to do and the North Queensland Cowboys have done that by re-signing Ben Spina.
Spina, a local product from Ingham, has signed a contract extension until the end of the 2017 season.
The 27-year old utility forward is the son of former Cowboys great Laurie Spina and the key for the man himself was to stay in the area.
â€œIâ€™m thrilled to be able to remain in North Queensland, playing for the Cowboys and continuing to develop as a player,â€ Spina said.
â€œMy family were keen for me to remain in North Queensland, so this is the perfect fit.â€
Spina’s debut came last year in Rd 14 and with four games to his name so far in his career, the club expect him to build on that as he becomes a crucial part of the Cowboys forward rotation.
â€œWeâ€™re stoked to have Ben re-sign with the club for another two seasons,â€ said Cowboys General Manager of Football, Peter Parr.
â€œAnd although he doesnâ€™t have many NRL games under his belt for someone his age, heâ€™s got plenty of high-level rugby league experience and complements our forward stocks beautifully.â€